Category: influence

I So Hate … Leaving My #SQLFamily

The cab driver was waiting for me to get in while my wife and kids are still giving me “the hugs and kisses.” He was commenting on the fact that my kids – ages 9 and 11 – still feel very comfortable of giving us hugs and kisses whereas his 3-year-old can’t even be bothered […]

You Are A Story Waiting To Be Told

Gen. Colin Powell, the first African American to serve as the US Secretary of State, once told of a story about the immigrant vendor selling hotdogs in the streets of New York. Being a New Yorker and an immigrant himself, he understood the challenges of being an immigrant, much so as an African American. Every […]

The Pen and Paper in the Digital Age of Social Media

I wanted to start this blog post with a reference to a TED Talk by Hannah Brencher about love letters to strangers. [ted id=1603 width=560 height=315] In an earlier blog post, I talked about my experience with working on a large SharePoint 2010 upgrade and migration project for a Fortune 500 company. I’ve told people […]

You choose how you make a mark

I was at a supermarket counter last night when the counter attendant asked us if we were from South America. I replied by saying we were from Southeast Asia, particularly the Philippines. The counter attendant suddenly replied, “Imelda Marcos! And her famous shoes!” While there was simply nothing wrong with what she said nor how […]